Aqua­cul­ture show­ing steady growth in QLD

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRUIT SAFETY -

RE­SULTS from the 2016–17 Aqua­cul­ture Pro­duc­tion Summary just re­leased at the end of June showed that con­fi­dence in Queens­land’s aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try re­mains steady with a small in­crease in pro­duc­tion last fi­nan­cial year.

The pro­duc­tion re­port showed state aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion grew by 1.1 per cent to more than 7869 tonnes in 2016-17, with the strong­est growth shown in the marine fish, eel, sea scal­lop and crab sec­tor, pro­duc­ing an ad­di­tional 129.5 tonnes from the pre­vi­ous year.

The gross value of aqua­cul­ture pro­duc­tion rep­re­sents 38 per cent of the to­tal state value of fish­eries pro­duc­tion, and de­spite in­dus­try pres­sures in­clud­ing white spot dis­ease, the to­tal value of aqua­cul­ture de­creased by just half a per­cent to $119.7 mil­lion.

While most sec­tors gained in value, prawns and bar­ra­mundi main­tained their po­si­tion as the most valu­able species.

Prawn farm­ing was the sec­tor’s largest em­ployer with more than 292 full-time em­ploy­ees, down slightly from the pre­vi­ous year. The sec­tor over­all em­ploys 530 full-time equiv­a­lent work­ers.

The Queens­land Govern­ment is keen to see the sec­tor ex­pand.

KEY PROD­UCT : Prawn farm­ing is still one of the top Queens­land aqua­cul­ture per­form­ers. PHOTO: JEFF HAR­RI­SON.

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